Tiny Deathstars of Foulness

When I install a new system that I am personally going to be using, one of the few tweaks I make is to configure the Finder to show me paths in the title bar. This just keeps me from the occasional Command-click on the folder name and keeps me abreast of where I am. Mostly it’s helpful in list or icon view as. To enable full paths
use defaults to write an _FXShowPosixPathInTitle key into The key should be boolean and we’re setting it to true. After about 30 seconds new windows should show with the path in the title bar:

defaults write _FXShowPosixPathInTitle -bool YES

I actually add this to my user template at imaging time for my personal system workflow, so that I don’t even have to think about it… So I almost forgot how to do it. Luckily, a quick peak at my user template reminded me when I was building a new imaging environment for Lion… If you decide it isn’t for you, feel free to set it back by setting the key to NO:

defaults write _FXShowPosixPathInTitle -bool NO

July 27th, 2011

Posted In: Mac OS X

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  • Michael Stango

    Actually; I played with this last night and on my MacBook running 10.6.8, bouncing the Finder is not required. It takes about 20 seconds or so after I hit Enter in Terminal, but after that newly-opened Finder windows do in fact reflect the changed setting.

    • Good to know. Will edit. Thanks!

  • Jeremy

    Thanks, I’ve wanted this for a while.